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David Adams and Alice Neary present an hour of classical chamber music with live music, interviews and recordings.

David is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and also the violinist of the London Bridge Trio. Alongside these commitments he teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is co-Artistic Director of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival with his wife, cellist Alice Neary. In his role at WNO David has performed several concertos with the orchestra and enjoys directing concerts from the violin. David has appeared as guest leader with most of the orchestras in the UK.

 As a chamber musician David is equally at home on violin and viola and makes regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble. He has recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Gould Piano Trio and the Beethoven String Quintets with the Endellion String Quartet.  He regularly attends the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. David belongs to a musical family, his father, John Adams, was Principal Viola of the Halle Orchestra and he is married to the cellist Alice Neary. After being encouraged and guided by his father his principal teachers include Daniel Phillips, Zvi Zeitlin, Malcolm Layfield and Misha Amory(viola).

Alice enjoys a varied performing career as a chamber musician and as principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Familiar to listeners of Radio 3, festival performances include BBC Proms chamber series, Malboro (USA), Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Lofoten. Her discography includes the Mendelssohn cello sonatas and concertos by Howells, Patterson and Tovey.

Alice was a member of the Gould Piano Trio from 2001-2018 – career highlights include the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases.

Alice collaborates with pianists Viv McLean, Benjamin Frith and Daniel Tong and has appeared as guest cellist with the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias and Heath quartets. Regular visits to Wye Valley Festival and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration.

Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM and, as a Fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA.  Alice teaches at RWCMD where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014. Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.